WEEI.com has learned that the Patriots have assigned the non-exclusive franchise tag to nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
The news that Wilfork was franchised was first reported by the Providence Journal.
Wilfork, who just finished the final season of a six-year contract he signed as a rookie, had expressed anger about the possibility of being franchised by the Patriots, saying that would be a “slap in the face.”
“I want a long-term deal, or I want to be free. Point blank. And that’s how I’m looking at it,” he told WEEI. “That’s how my family is looking at it. It’s a short window of opportunity for me to go and make the type of money that I want to make. And hey, like I said, family comes first.
“Yeah, [the franchise tag is] decent money for most people out there. What I do, it’s OK,” he added. “But I...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- David Ortiz made his debut in camp on Monday in Fort Myers and came out swinging against his critics who think he's getting less productive as a slugger. He said it will motivate him this season.
"I think people give up on me too early, too fast, start talking about age and all that kind of stuff," said Ortiz of his critics during a 2009 season in which he batted .238 with 28 homers and 99 RBIs. "You listen to it for a minute, it was the same people who were clapping for you a year before and saying good things about you. Mind change that quick, I don't believe in that but it's a one-minute thing. That's the way I see it. I'm strong enough to deal with that and put that in the past."
For a look at what the future might hold for Ortiz beyond 2010,...
The Patriots announced Monday morning that the field at Gillette Stadium is being resurfaced with FieldTurf Duraspine PRO, scheduled to begin today. The new FieldTurf system will be in place when the Revolution play their 2010 home opener on April 10 against Toronto FC. The first event on the new surface will be the New England Lacrosse Classic on April 3.
“The Patriots and Revolution have enjoyed great success on FieldTurf at Gillette Stadium,” said Jonathan Kraft, president of The Kraft Group. “When we heard that FieldTurf was finalizing the development of Duraspine PRO, we wanted to be one of the first to have it. The surface will set the stadium apart, particularly for soccer events, which pay close attention to the differences in playing surface dynamics when choosing venues.”
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Manny Ramirez made his first appearance at Dodgers spring training Monday morning and said he expects this will be his final season with Los Angeles. "I won't be here next year, so I just want to enjoy myself," Ramirez told the assembled media. "I don't know [if I'll play next year]. I just know I'm not going to be here. When the season is over, I will see where I'm at." The former Red Sox slugger said he has not been told by the team that he isn't in its plans, adding: "I'm just speculating, but I'm not 23 anymore." He also said he would have enjoyed spending more of his career with the Dodgers. "That has been great," he said of his 1-1/2 seasons in LA since being traded from Boston. "I wish I could have been there a long time ago." Read more at the Full Count blog.
Boston College coach Al Skinner, appearing on the ACC basketball coaches teleconference Monday morning, said he favors an expansion of the NCAA tournament. There has been a movement to increase the field from 65 to 96 teams, and Skinner supports it. "Unfortunately, so much is dependent on [coaches] keeping their jobs as far as who makes the tournament, and I think that's an unfair barometer when you consider the percentage of shools that can actually make the tournament," Skinner said. "In comparison to football, the percentages don't work very favorably for [basketball] coaches, and right now that's what they get judged on. So from my standpoint, an increased field will give a few more opportunities for guys to make the tournament and increase the percentage of schools to get in."
The Eagles (13-13, 4-8 ACC) are coming off a victory over North Carolina Saturday at Conte Forum and host Virginia Tech Wednesday night as...
We sit down with Bill Belichick on a Patriots Monday and get his take on a nail-biting win over the Jets, as well as his feelings on Peyton Manning breaking the NFL record for touchdowns.
We check in with Big Vince on a Patriots Monday. Vince sounds like he's fighting a cold but swears he'll be good to go come Sunday. Vince tells Dale and Holley that their defense will have to be better if they expect to keep winning, especially against the ground game.
Full Tilt, Full Time #54 Tedy Bruschi talks to Dale and Holley about a record breaking night for Peyton Manning, and a tough win for the Patriots this past Thursday.
Kirk Minihane joins the We Hate Dwyane Wade Show to preview the upcoming Celtics season. Ben and Sam also discuss the Rajon Rondo/Jeff Green trade rumors and dabble in the classic NBA analytics debate.
Dr Nick Leung for the Newton Wellesley Orthopedics Association joins Ben to talk about Rajon Rondo's broken hand.
The debut edition of the We Hate Dwyane Wade show. Ben and Sam preview the Celtics and talk about other summer news around the NBA.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
Mut and Rob discuss the "kids" and the variety of young bodies the Red Sox called upon this season. Specifically, they look at Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. and where things went wrong. They give their opinions on which one will right the ship next season.
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The world's biggest Canadiens fan Tony Marinaro joins MFB after the Bruins and Tuukka Rask suffered another loss in Montreal.
We check in with NESN's Jack Edwards for a Bruins-Canadiens preview, live from French-Quebec.
Pierre McGuire joins MFB to analyze last night's Bruins-Red Wings game and preview tonight's game against the Canadiens. Pierre also offers his take on fighting in the NHL.
Tom Brady discussed Peyton's record breaking night.
Tim Hasselbeck on Peyton vs. Brady.
The guys opened the show discussing Peyton Manning's record setting night in Denver.
Christian talks about his Top 5 coaches in the NFL.
Christian learns a thing or two about lead poisoning. San Francisco hates Lorde until the World Series is over. Floyd Mayweather sued for false imprisonment.
Patriots DT Chris Jones wasn't even sure he was the one who blocked NIck Folk's FG attempt to seal the win against the Jets. He also talked about how well LB Dont'a Hightower has done in place of Jerod Mayo.
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
This week Pete gives the listeners a brief, but enthusiastic history lesson the ineptitude of the New York Jets. They also help you set your final rosters for your Week 7 fantasy teams.
Predictions for the Revs moving into the playoffs, Jurgen Klinsmann vs Don Garber, and Ben needs a new European team to root for.
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